In Loving Memory of
November 21, 1948 – July 16, 2012
Tragically on the morning of July 16, Victor John Kohlman died in an automobile accident. He is survived by his loving companion of 12 years, Wendy Morton (Harms); his children Jeffery, Tamara, Brian (Sheri), Ben, Sara, and Liana; step-children, Bonnie (Darryl) Zimmer and Lidah (Peter) Gray; nine grandchildren; brothers Eugene (Bernadean) and Arnold; sisters Eileen (Gary) Elligott, Adeline (Bill) Irvin and Bernice (Jim) Birtsch. He was predeceased by his parents John (1986) and Mary (2008), and by his brothers Ben, Bob and Ken.
Victor was born November 21, 1948 in Macklin Sask. Vic grew up in various communities throughout Alberta. His family moved to Hope where he completed his education. During his high school years Vic had jobs at various gas stations in Hope. He then found out he could earn big money in the bush and a logger was born. He started as a whistle punk earning twice as much as he could as a gas jockey. Vic worked hi lead and conventional logging for various companies throughout BC. Vic found work in the interior of BC and his family soon followed him to Kamloops. He worked away in the North Thompson Valley for many years.
Vic Kohlman, Ron Redpath and Vic Sawatski formed VRV Contracting Ltd. Vic and VRV Contracting Ltd. worked for Balco, Gilbert Smith Forest Products, Tolko and finally again for Gilbert Smith Forest Products. Vic and Grant Bradford, co-owners of VRV, have been partners and good friends for many years. Their work complemented their partnership — Vic the logger, Grant the logging truck driver, mechanic and welder — and they could work together and fix any machine or truck that broke down (as long as the haywire held out).
Vic will be missed by everyone that had the honour of truly getting to know such great guy. A celebration of life for Vic Kohlman is being planned for Saturday, July 28, 2012. Please watch the Memorial notice boards around Barriere for details about time and location, or check the website at www.NorthThompsonFuneral.com. The service can be viewed on-line and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the website.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Victor’s memory to the Barriere Hospice Society P.O. Box 20, Barriere, BC, V0E 1E0, to the North Thompson Valley Hospice House Society, P.O. Box 1, Little Fort, BC, V0E 2C0, or to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Barriere, BC, 250-672-1999.